Report: US considering further cuts to PA financial aid

The US is reexamining its aid budget to the Palestinian Authority in the midst of high tensions between Washington and Ramallah, an Israeli television report said Wednesday.
Palestinians protest US cuts outside a UN facility in Gaza Photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib, Flash 90

As the tensions between Washington and the Palestinian leadership deepen, the US State Department is considering making further cuts to the US aid to the Palestinians, Israel News Company reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, the notion of cutting funding to the Palestinians is being pushed by Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN, who was also the driving force behind Washington's decision to cut its funding to UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

The report also quotes Haley as saying that Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas needs to pay a price for disrespecting US President Donald Trump in a recent speech.

Some US and Israeli officials, though, are opposed to making further cuts, the report claims, as such a move might "suffocate" the Palestinians financially and cause the situation in the region to deteriorate.

The White House has reportedly said it is not placing sanctions on the Palestinians but merely reexamining its policies in response to the Palestinian leadership's refusal to negotiate peace under American mediation.

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